Blood Banks - What are they good for? The Critical Components of Blood for Donation

adapted from work by Judy Barcelon

In this final lesson of a four-part project, students learn about the detailed cellular components of the blood products used in blood banking. Their capstone project is to create a slide deck to educate donors and potential donors feel about the many different uses of whole blood donations. Students will then use this slide deck to inform the public of the importance of blood donations during a community-based blood drive.


In the last 3 lessons, students have learned much with respect to the main parts of blood and this 4th and culminating lesson takes them further into the career of medical technologist as to how and why blood is divided into many critical components such as fresh frozen plasma or leukocyte reduced red blood cells. 

Student groups will demonstrate their knowledge as they create a class presentation about the different products extracted from a bag of blood- which is followed by a group word sort as a check for understanding and a simple quiz as an assessment. 

* For this lesson you will need access to computers and the internet to create the slide deck and for the word sort, colored paper, scissors and envelopes. 

The power of this lesson will come in the ability of students to present this information in a public setting such as a community based blood drive. Many schools sponsor blood drives and with simple coordination between teachers, these Health Science students can present and converse with donors as they wait or as they recover in the cantina. Here is a link to the Red Cross website to host a blood drive in your area.

** If at all possible- I would suggest a visit to your local blood bank for students to not only see how this lesson mimics much of what happens there but to expand their knowledge of the medical careers available in blood banking. Here is a link to find a local Blood Center of America donation center.

Lesson Times

2 sessions: 1st to create, 2nd to present & assess
2 Class Periods

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Health Science and Medical Technology Health Science and Medical Technology
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


Next Generation Science Standards (1)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Identify the parameters of producing and storing specific blood bank products.
  • Present to their peers an educational demonstration as to the importance of blood and blood donations

Get access to the rest of this Lesson and over 3000 more!

Create a Free Account or now!